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Anchor House expands and receives a warm ‘covering’ in the bargain

Anchor House expands and receives a warm ‘covering’ in the bargain

Anchor House expands and receives a warm ‘covering’ in the bargain | Anchor House
The Messenger. 02.07.08
There is an Anchor for those who have been tossed on the storms of addiction.
That message is reinforced in the handmade “ugly” quilts delivered recently by a group of volunteers to the local Anchor House — a transitional home for men who have completed their rehabilitative work from alcohol and drug addiction and need a home base as they re-enter society.
Seven quilts for men currently living at Anchor House, located between Union City and Troy, and six of the warm and colorful bed coverings for women who will be staying at the newly-opened Anchor House-Angel Division were handed over by some of those who have worked on them over the past several months.
A group of 13 volunteers meets each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at Obion First United Methodist Church to make the quilts. Others with an interest in the project are always welcome, and spokesman Patti Jennings says sewing skills are not a requirement. “All you have to be able to do is tie a knot,” she says with a smile.
While the group, which also includes Linda Parnell, Catherine Marshall, Joyce Albright, Polly Horne, Louise Lyons, Jane Sutton, Lorraine Ledbetter, Maxine Hughes, Mary Blackley, Kathy Orr, Shirley Orr and Rose Ganza, personalized the seven quilts intended for use at Anchor House with a fitting symbol, most of their efforts focus on simply putting the beautiful warm offerings together.
In this particular instance, aware of where their gifts would be going from the beginning, they elected to include a “pocket” on each quilt, marked with a large anchor and containing a slip of paper with a special prayer for the one who would be “covered” printed on it.
The group, which includes members from across the community and from several church families, has gratefully received supplies for their work from such donors as the local Hospitality House. They suggest that anyone in need of the quilts may contact them by calling Ms. Horne at 536-4955 or Ms. Jennings at 536-4754.
The Rev. Terry and Sarah English accompanied several of the quilters to Anchor House to deliver the quilts. The Anchor House-Angel Division coverings will be used at the organization’s new venture for women, which has just begun receiving residents.
The facility will be operating in conjunction with an assisted living or retirement center for area senior citizens, according to director Cindy Jackson, who was on hand to receive the quilts at Anchor House, along with that facility’s director, Layne Brasher.
Anyone interested in more information about the retirement home or Anchor House for men or Anchor House-Angel Division for women may call 885-3039.
Program direcrors say they depend on donations of funds and needed items to keep the program going. Residents of the transitional house are eager to take on jobs in the community and they work to keep the facilities functioning on their shoe-string budgets.
Among items needed are a storm door, twin sheeets, full sheets, pillows, comforters and funds to help with the start-up costs at Anchor House-Angel Division. Donations may be mailed to Anchor House-Angel Division, P.O. Box 101, Union City, TN 38281.

In her own words
The following story was submitted by Anchor House-Angel Division for publication.
“The very first resident of Anchor House-Angel Division is a lovely lady who came in while we were still putting it all together. She loved us anyway. She even helped us in setting up,” says a spokesman for the new facility.
Her experience may best be related by the resident, in her own words.
“l write to you, from my heart, as the first resident of Anchor House-Angel Division. It is with much love and gratitude that I share my experience with you, with the great hope that another woman who may be lost and shell-shocked, desperately trying to stay sober, with no place to go, may benefit from what I experienced in my stay here.
“First and foremost, I am an alcoholic and addict. I won’t go into the sordid details of my drinking and drugging, but I will say that for the last seven years, I’ve been trying desperately to commit a slow and painful suicide through my use of drugs and alcohol. After my last drunk, I was taken to the hospital for detox. I decided to at last listen to my sponsor. I stopped thinking and faking my way through the program, as I’ve done for years, and started doing that which was suggested to me as a program of recovery.
“My sponsor and others in the program were emphatic that I not return to the place where I drank and drugged. They suggested that after detox I enter a long-term treatment center. But for those who have tried to get a bed with no money or insurance, it can be a challenge.
“When and if God decided to take me to that treatment center, I needed a place to stay — a place of safety and of love. And that is when Angel House entered into my life.
“I didn’t realize that in this journey there were many “angels” behind the scenes, making all this possible. As I lay in the hospital, they were flying about, working their heavenly magic. Some of these angels didn’t know me at all. But they did want to help a fellow alcoholic and addict get sober and stay that way.
“I arrived at Angel House and entered a comfortable home filled with love, warmth and hope. It was made very clear to me that I was in a safe place. I didn’t have to worry — I would be cared for and nurtured and given the help I needed to stay sober.
“These lovely people made sure that I had everything I needed: A warm, comfortable bed in which to sleep; food on the table; rides to meetings; hugs when I cried; companionship when I was lonely; advice when I was overwhelmed.
“I have wanted for absolutely nothing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“I have been told that so many people were instrumental in making the dream of Angel House a reality — little things that folks have done, like donate sheets, clothing, coffee, food, supplies, time and money. I shall forever be grateful to these people, most of whom I’ve never met.
“I recently discovered that I have a bed in a long-term treatment center. My stay here was short, but it was a true gift from God. I believe that it is because of His work through all those other angels that I arrived here and had the extreme privilege of being a resident.
“If you know of, or are, a woman who is physically, emotionally or spiritually wounded like I was, be assured that this is a safe haven, a lighthouse in a sea of storms and a place to drop anchor. My experience leads me to believe it is a cornerstone of love. The angels here have shown me their true desire to help the desperate woman who may not have a shred of hope left in her soul.
“I must extend endless gratitude to Cindy, Marti, Joey, Jake, Layne, Rondo, Clinton, Diane and Cathey, and to the multitudes of kind souls who helped the Angel Division of Anchor House become a reality.
“I am just a newly-sober woman who, by the grace of God, is at the beginning of a journey of recovery. And because of Angel House, I feel I am on solid ground, ready and willing to take that first step, just one day at a time.”

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